"The Glass Menagerie" Character review

Essay by Geek911High School, 10th grade March 2006

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Amanda Wingfield is an abandoned wife and single mother living in a small apartment in St. Louis. She dreams of the future for her children and is a good mother. She is fixated at the oral stage because she has 'dairia of the mouth', in other words she talks too much. She showed signs defense mechanism such as denial, when at Laura's college she denies that the professor is talking about her daughter, and when she denies that her daughter, Laura, is crippled. She is dominated by the id because she is constantly wishing for her children to get better jobs, improve their lifestyle, and such.

Laura Wingfield is Amanda's daughter and Tom's younger sister. Laura has a bad leg, on which she has to wear a brace, and walks with a limp. Twenty-three years old and painfully shy, she has largely withdrawn from the outside world and devotes herself to old records and her collection of glass figurines.

She has some ego in her because she realizes that she is extremely shy and is crippled. She tries to run away from situations, for example when Amanda and Tom began arguing she immediately went into the other room to keep herself busy with something until they stop or when she dropped out of collage due to a public humiliation. Top also said that Laura has an apologetic manner which means she feels guilty for unneeded things which is Moral anxiety.

Tom Wingfield is Amanda's son and Laura's older brother. An aspiring poet, Tom works at a shoe warehouse to support the family. He is frustrated by the numbing routine of his job and escapes from it through movies, literature, and alcohol and smoking. Tom loves his mother and sister, but he feels trapped at home. They are dependent on...